AADA volunteer opportunities include a wide array of opportunites. Perhaps you have some office skills that you would like to share with our agency or you have an interest in the legal system and would like to assist by becoming a court monitor. Our agency is a nonprofit and run by donations, grants and fundraisers. We would appreciate volunteers that have an interest in fundraising or special event planning. If you are intereted in volunteering, please give us a call and we can find that special opportunity for you.
The needs that AADA has vary throughout the year, please call or email us to get an updated version of our wish list. Some of the most flexible donations that you can make are gift cards for gas, groceries or discount stores. We are always in need of calling cards. We accept used cell phones to be used for emergency 911 phones and also as a fundraiser. Our agency is always appreciative of cash donations to assist us in agency operations and to assist battered women with gas cards, car repairs, rent/deposit, etc.
Advocates Against Domestic Abuse (AADA) was established in 1981 in Aitkin, MN as private not-for-profit organization-serving victims of domestic abuse and was called the Aitkin County Women’s Advocates. During the early years, the agency was located in the home of our founding mother with no source of funding other than community donations and no paid staff. Generally, the public did not know about the agency and assistance was provided by word of mouth and very secretive. In the early years, the volunteer advocates took women home with them to provide a safe place for them to stay. In 1984 the agency was officially designated as a 501(c)3 organization and became eligible for funding from the State of Minnesota. The Community Advocacy program was first to receive funding from the State of Minnesota and provided general advocacy services and referral. In 1992, the agency received funding for the Aitkin County Intervention Project (ACIP) which provided systems advocacy with law enforcement, probation, the court system and other service providers. ACIP is now know as the Criminal Justice Intervention Project. AADA provides emergency housing through our safe housing program.
The agency has been officed at many different locations over the years, but finally found a more permanent home in 2000 when the agency was able to purchase it's first building. In addition to office space, the agency was able to add a "transitional" apartment which provided much needed longer term housing for battered women and their children. Transitional housing has continued to be offered to battered women and their children.
On average each year, the agency provides safety and options for over 500 women, children and men.